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Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano

The future of SAP Automated Note Search Tool

Not long ago, in March 2013, Automated Notes Search tool was delivered as a standard application. Although ANST has got excellent feedback from customers and partners, we know there’s nothing that cannot be improved and ANST should not be the exception.

So this is what we are asking here: What features would you like, customers, partners and SAP colleagues, to see in future versions of ANST?. Your comments are welcome!.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Carlos,

      I've played with ANST quite a bit as the ANST Champion in Dublin. One suggestion that would be really helpful would be that rather than using transaction 'ANST_SERACH_TOOL', perhaps we could simply use 'ANST' - it would be the natural transaction code. When our colleagues can't remember the full code, they try 'ANST'.  I think it would be great to have both ANST and ANST_SEARCH_TOOL  (some old dogs don't like new tricks πŸ™‚ )

      Karen

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Karen,

      Actually you typed 'ANST_SERACH_TOOL' which shows the current TCODE is too long. πŸ˜‰

      You are right:

      - Most used transactions like SE16, SM30 and SE38 have just 4 characters and we would get crazy if we had to type 16 characters just to display a table.

      - But it's also true that all the documentation generated so far talks about ANST_SEARCH_TOOL and some customers may already have put it in their favourites, so if we do not want to bother anyone, the best option is to create a new transaction ANST that will be exactly the same as ANST_SEARCH_TOOL without deleting ANST_SEARCH_TOOL. The documentation will be updated with the new TCODE.

      Thanks a lot for your contribution,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      Hi Carlos,

      It seems that once an OSS note has been implemented, we cannot see it anymore when we run through ANST analysis. In my opinion it would make sense to add a button where we could choose what filter we want to use (to force the system to display implemented OSS notes as well for example).

      That it because I happen to face some regressions after implementing an OSS note, but couldn't remember the note number. So I ran ANST again and couldn't find this note either... It would have saved me some time if I had found it, together with its status.

      Cheers,

      Nick.

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Nick,

      Thankl you for your idea!!! πŸ™‚ .

      Yes I think it makes sense to have an option to display also the notes that have already been implemented but are relevnt for the selected objects. I have written the idea down on the list of possible future enhancements to be discussed with the ANST maintenance team.

      But just to clarify: The option you are talking about would display all the notes that would be relevant if the customer's system support package level was zero, right?. Or only notes that have just been implemented? . Since when?.

      Cheers!,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      Second option. Imagine the following: I'm facing a bug with tcode BP.

      I'm starting ANST and 2 notes are found. I implement the first one.

      Now if I start ANST again, you will display the second one only... but I think it would make sense to be able to see the first one also (with its status "Already implemented" for example). Not the default behavior probably, but just an option that we can activate during regression tests for example.

      I don't want to see the notes that are not relevant for my SP level.

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      So, only those notes that are implemented via SNOTE, but not those that are implemented via SP, right?. Or maybe something customizable by the customer like.

      Notes that have have been implemented in the last X days...Any more ideas?.

      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      Oh you're right. The notes that have been implemented via SP would be very useful too... but don't act as if my "system support package level was zero". Also your suggestion to limit the notes that have been implemented in the last X days makes a lot of sense. That would be great.

      In case any other idea comes to my mind, I'll add another comment to this blog πŸ˜‰

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Is it possible to check the 'version' of a Note that is installed? Then ANST could show Notes that have a newer version than the Note already implemented?

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      In this case the desirable behaviour should be to get the note in your list but in the "implementation status" field be informed that the note is "incompletely implemented".

      It's difficult to test this in an SAP internal system because we should know beforehand that a note we are applying will have another version.

      Author's profile photo Alessandro Parolin
      Alessandro Parolin

      Hi Carlos,

      As requested, I have gathered the suggestions for ANST improvement, reported internally by some colleagues, and I'm listing them here:

      1) To have additional filtering options by username (similar to ST12)

      2) To be able to start and stop trace at will, that is, not having to start the trace from the very beginning of the transaction/report execution (similar to SAT)

      3) To be able to perform a search inside the custom codes that are returned by ANST

      4) To be able to perform a search inside the notes that are returned by ANST.

      What do you think?

      Best Regards,

      Alessandro

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Alessandro,

      Thank you for all your suggestions. all of them will be brought to the list of possible feature enhancements and discussed.

      All of them are new options that do not change the current functionality but are more functions.

      2) To be able to start and stop trace at will, that is, not having to start the trace from the very beginning of the transaction/report execution (similar to SAT). -> Cool!. This would reduce the objects recorded in the recording is restricted to the relevant section of the process but on the other hand adding the start / stop pop up makes the recording process a bit more complex.

      4) To be able to perform a search inside the notes that are returned by ANST. -> This one will be useful in case the hitl list is large and the user wants ot be reduced using their own terms.

      3) To be able to perform a search inside the custom codes that are returned by ANST -> If you are investigating why a specific field is taking a value, you could use the name of this field as search term. Cool!

      Regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      I must confess that I love your point 2: not having to start the trace from the very beginning.

      Thanks!

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Exactly. It's a desirable improvement, but the way it works right now is more simple: Some ANST users may not even know what an ABAP trace is...

      Optional?

      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      Indeed... My vote goes to "optional". πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      πŸ™‚ . By the way (Thanks Nick):

      This forum is not only to submit your own ideas but to give feedback on other ANST users ideas:

      Vote, like, dislike, like it but....etc...

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
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      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      Ouch... too bad this note is valid as of SAP_BASIS 7.40 SP05... while I'm on SP04. So I'll have to wait a few more years to test it I'm afraid. Anyway, that's definitely a GREAT new feature: thanks so much!

      Cheers,

      Nick.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Nick,

      Unfortunately yes. We had some problems in making it valid for 740 SP04. Few things which we cannot ignore.

      I do not know how to end this. Nevertheless.

      Cheers,

      Manoj

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Carlos Martinez Escribano,

      Can I expect the output of the tool in ALV format, which may be downloaded into XL.

      Thanking You All.

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Dear Ankit,ALV format?.

      Untitled.jpg

      Regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Frank Folsach Olsen
      Frank Folsach Olsen

      Hi Carlos.

      When opening a trace in ANST, the popup window shows the buttons Cancel and Enter, but with the Cancel button to the left of the Enter button. In all other popup's from SAP the Cancel button is the last (most to the richt). It would be nice to have the same order in the popup.

      And a question: In Note search the status "Note Data incomplete" is shown. What does that mean ?. The note is not implemented is our system.

      Regards

      Frank

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Dear Frank,

      You are right!, It was a mistake. Order of the buttons is changed as of:

      Support Packages

      Software Component Release Support Package
      SAP_BASIS 700 SAPKB70030
      SAP_BASIS 701 SAPKB70115
      SAP_BASIS 702 SAPKB70215
      SAP_BASIS 731 SAPKB73110
      SAP_BASIS 740 SAPKB74005

      Regarding the second question about note implementation completeness, please open an incident in component BC-UPG-NA.

      Regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thank you Carlos.

      This is a great tool.

      Not played much with this tool.

      Have a question :

      Is this tool work in middleware scenarios as well?

      Like , CRM -> ECC , will it give notes missing in both SAP CRM R3 Adapter and ECC R3 Plug-in as well?

      Thanks,

      Adi.

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Adi,

      Yes it is. please have a look at the following videos shwing CRM cases solved:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YhoLhhsBdA

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o7NclKppzA

      Regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thank you Carlos.

      Thanks,

      Adi

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Carlos,

      We are currently facing a strange issue with ANST.Previously, it was working fine.

      After running the trace with ANST, we get the list of Application Components.On selecting one such component and clicking on 'Note Search', the tool keeps on searching for the note and the list of notes is never returned.

      Regards,

      Mrinalika

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Mrinalika,

      I'm so sorry. Unfortunately the issue is caused outside the ANST application and that's why it's taking so long. We have noticed that the number of components in the system where the notes are being searched is related to the issue. e.g. I deleted the CLC HR components in a test system where the note search had stopped working and now the notes are found again:

      LSEARCH_SRVCF01

       

        PERFORM get_components

          CHANGING l_t_components.

      >>>> add
        delete l_t_components where ( component(6) =  'SAP_HR' and not

               ( component = 'SAP_HRXX' or component = 'SAP_HRCES' or component = 'SAP_HRGXX' or component = 'SAP_HRRXX' )

                    or

                ( component(5) =  'EA-HR' and not

               ( component = 'EA-HRXX' or component = 'EA-HRCES' or component = 'EA-HRGXX' or component = 'EA-HRHRRXX') ) ).

      >>>> add

      but this is a workaround that will work as long as you don't want to search notes for HR localization corrections.

      It's better to wait until a fix is provided.

      Regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Carlos,

      Thank you so much for the workaround.

      Waiting eagerly for a permanent fix for the issue.

      Regards,

      Mrinalika

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Mrinalika,

      This was due to temporary problem for remote note search functionality at SAP side. Issue has been resolved now. Your OSS ticket has also been answered.

      Thank you for the patience and apologies in the delay in solving it.

      All good now. Do let us know your feedback/suggestion about ANST.

      Regards,

      Manoj

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Manoj,

      We are really thankful to you for your help. ANST tool is working fine now in our system.

      Regards,

      Mrinalika

      Author's profile photo The Hung Tran
      The Hung Tran

      Hi all,

      i try to use this tool for a Webdynpro Application (e.g hress_a_ptarq_leavreq_appl).

      The selection Screen of that does not allow to give a application configuration of the Webdynpro-Application to test.

      As you know WD-Application using FPM needs the configuration-Id to start

      So its not usefull for this Kind of appls now, unless you create a new application with the fix defines configuration-Id.

      Maybe SAP will enable this ... it will be great

      Thanks

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Dear The Hung Tran,

      I hope the new note:

      1976578 - ANST: Enabling the tool for tracing WD Application Configurations

      will satisfy your needs.

      Regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      Hi All,

      For the last few days it seems that ANST is not working anymore: when searching for OSS notes the system throws error message "The RFC connection was improperly configured"... however everything is fine when downloading OSS notes manually via SNOTE. So after a few debugging I found out that error message "Search service temporary not available" is sent by the API and is then translated to something really misleading (because obviously it is NOT the OSS connexion that isn't valid).

      Any info about it?

      Regards,

      Nick

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Nick,

      There is internal problem in the API which we use for remote note search. We are currently working on it to get this up and running as quickly as possible. You are absolutely right with your observation. And, yes the error message is also misleading.

      So as soon as we rectify this, we will update you.

      Regards,

      Manoj

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Dear Nick,Manoj,

      I hope ANST notes search service is up soon as this tool is very important for many of our customers.
      Regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      ... Indeed it's VERY important... but it's been down for more than a week now, so I'm afraid it's giving a very bad feeling about its robustness when SNOTE/MarketPlace are up and running fine and you get an error message that something is badly configured on your system (when it's not) πŸ™

      Author's profile photo Nicolas Busson
      Nicolas Busson

      Got a response from SAP Support today: ANST_SEARCH_TOOL won't work at the moment, but using tcode ANST instead (that you can install with OSS note 1915529) seems to be working fine. That's good news πŸ˜€

      Cheers,

      Nick.

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks a lot Nick and all our customers for your patience!!! πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Nick,

      But we will also not forget the longer version of the transaction. It will also start working for "ANST_SEARCH_TOOL" by end of next week.

      Regards,

      Manoj

      Author's profile photo Lukas Weigelt
      Lukas Weigelt

      Hi Carlos,

      first of all thanks a lot for taking feedback from the public to further improve the TA ANST.

      I've already posted over here What is ANST....and why aren't you using it? what I'm missing, but I'd like to put it down here as well nevertheless:

      Concerning the Customer Code Search-Option: I would like to see Explicit Enhancements in form of OO-Redifinitions, for example Classes or WebDynpro Components and Implicit Enhancements to be taken into account too in a later release. This is what I'm missing most in this tool aside from the WDYN CC/AC-Option (which is already fixed with note 1976578) now, because I'm working a lot with the enhancement framework.


      Cheers, Lukas

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Lukas,

      First of all thank you for providing really nice feedback and requirement. This is definitely under development. Will soon update you with note number. This will enable to also find out the class implementations for enhancement spots in the customer code search option.

      Thank you again.

      Regards,

      Manoj

      Author's profile photo Lukas Weigelt
      Lukas Weigelt

      Hi Manoj,

      That's great news! Thanks! πŸ™‚

      Cheers, Lukas

      Author's profile photo Madhu Kiran
      Madhu Kiran

      Hi Everyone,

      I have worked with this t-code its really helpful but i have noticed somethings for Webdynpro.

      Can we use this search tool for HCM Process and Forms.

      I don't see some webdynpro Component's like FPM_LIST_UIBB_ATS, FPM_FORM_UIBB_GL2 and FPM_COMPOSITE_UIBB.

      Is there any SAP NOTE for these Components.

      Thanks &Regards

      Madhukiran M.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Madhukiran,

      Are these web dynpro components present in the system? I will analyze further and let you know.

      Regards,

      Manoj

      Author's profile photo Lukas Weigelt
      Lukas Weigelt

      Hi Manoj,

      is there any news concerning ANST and the enhancement framework?

      Cheers, Lukas

      Author's profile photo Madhu Kiran
      Madhu Kiran

      Hi Manoj,

      Thanks for the reply.

      Yes these Webdynpro components are available in system.

      Regards

      Madhukiran M.

      Author's profile photo Ruano Jose
      Ruano Jose

      Dear All,

      Could you help me, please?

      One of my customers is asking if is possible to know in the system the notes pending to apply. The customer wants a tool where we can check the new notes (not updates in the notes already implemented) Is ANST that tool? Or ANST is informing about notes updates?

      Thank you very much for your help.

      Kind regards,

      Daniela Barros

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Daniela,

      ANST will give you the notes that are not implemented in your system and not just updates in the notes already implemented. all you have to do is start transaction anst or anst_search_tool and record the process for which you want the notes to be searches.

      regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Frank Folsach Olsen
      Frank Folsach Olsen

      Hi Carlos.

      I'm wundering why it's possible to download notes from ANST in a production system. Notes should only be applied in development systems and transported. Would be better if this was disabled (looking at client role) or pop-up with possibilty to enter system to download to.

      Regards

      Frank

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Frank,

      This is what should happen after applying note 2181464. Aothirization check (SNOTE) should be done when the user tries to download the note.

      Regards,

      Carlos.

      Author's profile photo Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Carlos Martinez Escribano
      Blog Post Author

      Dear Gurus,
      ANST can now detect implicit and explicit enhancements in ABAP programs.
      Also, for performance reasons, customer code detection will be done on Application component basis:

      2408785 – ANST- Detection of Implicit and Explicit enhancement as customer code
      Regards,
      Carlos.

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